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Glasgow Film Festival 2016

WHO hasn’t wandered through the grand hall of the Kelvingrove and thought “wouldn’t it be great to recreate the classic Indiana Jones-being-chased-by-a-boulder scene here”?

It might sound like something from a movie, but bringing Indy’s stunts to one of Scotland’s most popular attractions has been announced as part of the line-up for the 2016 Glasgow Film Festival (GFF).

GFF 2015 brought in more than 40,000 attendees, making it the third largest film festival in the UK.

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Fears raised over capacity to fight homelessness

A report this month by the charity Crisis has raised concerns about Scotland’s ability to tackle homelessness, with more people being forced to stay longer in temporary accommodation.

Although the numbers of households assessed as homeless has continued to fall, dropping 5% from last year, Crisis argue that the number of homeless applications has remained steady at around 54,000 – taking into account the use of Housing Options services.

The report also raised concerns that some councils “were using Housing Options to deny people their statutory rights, limiting assistance to just signposting to other services.”

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Syrians to be welcomed to Glasgow with ‘refuweegee’ packs containing letters from locals

Vulnerable Syrian refugees are to receive special “Refuweegee” welcome packs when they arrive in Glasgow.

The packs, organised by community group Refuweegee, will contain essentials such as blankets, toiletries and stationery, Glasgow-themed items to introduce them to their new city and a heart-warming welcome letter from city residents.

Founder of the Refuweegee project, Selina Hales, said the idea came about from a desire to do something practical in the face of the growing refugee crisis.

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EU’s deal with Turkey is endangering migrants

Refugee and migrant arrivals in Europe are expected to reach more than one million before the end of 2015, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

That would make this year’s arrivals nearly five times the total in 2014.

The organisation said that 990,671 migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East have entered Europe so far this year, via a combination of irregular land and sea routes.

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Building on our Jamaican ties

When Scots think of Jamaica it’s unlikely to be in terms of our shameful historical links.

Jamaica was a focal point of Scotland’s involvement in the slave trade and a campaign group, launched last year, are determined to bring that issue to the fore.

Scotland Jamaica appeared before the Holyrood petition committee on Tuesday, to call for Scotland to acknowledge its heritage of slavery and begin building new economic and development bonds with the island.

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A social soup revolution is simmering across Scotland

There’s something special about soup. Whether it’s the classics – Scotch broth, lentil, Cullen skink, oxtail – or a more exotic taste, a bowl of soup is the perfect dish to warm you up on a cold Scottish night.

Almost everyone will have fond memories of their granny’s lentil soup – a thousand tiny variations passed down through the generations.

It’s simple, cheap and healthy – not to mention a clever way to trick the kids into having their five a day.

But more than that, soup is a leveller. It brings people together to enjoy a shared experience.

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From Edinburgh, via the Basque Country and public sex, to an award winning film

PIKADERO (Pi-ka-de-ro, noun   1. A riding school   2. A public place for sexual encounters)

From tough times spring success: a study of how the economic downturn impacts on the sex lives of young Spaniards won new Scottish director Ben Sharrock the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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